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Chapter thirteen in Ronald Takaki's A Different Mirror pertains to the African American communities migrating northward in the early twentieth century. Many attempted to escape Southern Sharecropping and seek jobs in the prospering urban north. In addition, the growing strength of prejudice pushed young African Americans away from the south. As one migrant put it, "They're Jim Crowin' us down here too much; there's no chance for a colored man who has any self-respect"(Takaki 316). Not to mention incidents of racial violence, which "...a score of colored people leave...for the city" according to Booker T. Washington in 1903 (Takaki 316). Meanwhile, trekking African Americans had trouble finding housing in big cities dominated by white...

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